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Frida Kahlo


Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter, perhaps best known for her intensely personal self-portraits. She has become a prominent icon of Mexican national and indigenous tradition and is celebrated by feminists for her uncompromising lifestyle, as well as her artistic depiction of the female form and experience. [1]

"She is, however, an uneasy fit for Mexican culture. In this country dominated by tradition and Catholicism, she was an atheist communist (in and out of the party); in a land still gripped (say it: held back) by paternalism and machismo, she was her own woman and often her own man. She took on a more-Mexican-than-Mexicans identity, yet she was the daughter of a German immigrant who married a Mexican woman."
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In a passage from a poem to husband, Diego Rivera, Kahlo writes:
You absense
Kills me, making
a virture
of your memory.
You are the nonexisting

- Taken from Finding Frida Kahlo (pp. 81) by Barbara Levine.
Her father, Guillermo Kahlo, was an atheist (Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo (pp. 6) by Haden Herrera) and her husband, Diego Rivera, was also an atheist. [3]

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